Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Chinese New Year Plant Sale
Get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome in the year of the Ox at San Francisco Botanical Garden's annual Lunar New Year Flower Market on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.

There will be a bounty of traditional New Year plants for sale, with blossoms that symbolize prosperity, good luck, and the fresh start of a New Year. Knowledgeable volunteers can explain plant symbolism and origin, as well as offer instructions for care.

The marketplace will be blooming with activity. Attendees can browse through booths of beautiful handcrafted items, enjoy the delicious foods for sale, see a performance by the West Coast Lion Dance Troupe, and take a guided tour of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Children will also enjoy fan painting and origami activity stations, as well as special Asian-themed story readings in the Library.

Public Info: (415) 661-1316 or %www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

Favorite or New Plant

Cast Iron Plant
My first plant, and therefore my favorite, was the cast iron plant, or the aspidistra. Given to me by my grandmother in the late 1960's, my aspidistra has survived many moves and numerous divisions. What a remarkable survivor this plant is! It will withstand all sorts of abuse and still hold its foliage erect. Lack of water? No problem. No light? Who cares, certainly not the aspidistra. Too cold or hot, rocky soil, no drainage? This hardy evergreen plant will still carry on in spite of overwhelming obstacles. I am currently overflowing with aspidistra plants but gladly shelter them until they either find a new home or become part of my entourage of indoor plants in my office. If you think you can't grow anything, give the aspidistra a try. One growing tip: they love music!

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